- Associated Press - Sunday, April 13, 2014

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - An intense five-alarm fire in Berkeley has destroyed an artisan furniture store and storage buildings, causing millions of dollars in damage.

Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong says a “big giant fireball” erupted around 8 p.m. Saturday and burned for several hours until it was extinguished early Sunday. No injuries were reported.

The massive fire destroyed Joshua Tree Furniture as well as storage facilities for Import Tile and The Wooden Duck. Several other buildings and businesses were damaged.

The fire burned next to Interstate 80 in West Berkeley and caused major traffic delays in both directions of the freeway.

It also left about 1,500 Pacific Gas and Electric customers without power after PG&E; shut down power lines close to the blaze.


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